Environmental Education Initiative “EEI” Update

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Environmental Education Initiative “EEI” Update

The K-12th grade curriculum is comprised of 85 units teaching select Science and History-Social Science academic standards. Each EEI Curriculum unit teaches these standards to mastery using a unique set of California Environmental Principles and Concepts.

With the fantastic help of the CREEC Coordinators (MEEC is the High Desert CREEC Region 10 CREEC Coordinator), implementation of the EEI Curriculum is well underway in California.

The K-12th grade curriculum is comprised of 85 units teaching select Science and History-Social Science academic standards. Each EEI Curriculum unit teaches these standards to mastery using a unique set of California Environmental Principles and Concepts. The curriculum was created to bring education about the environment into the primary and secondary classrooms of more than 1,000 school districts serving over 6 million students throughout California. Mandated by legislation AB 1548 (Pavley, Chapter 665, Statutes of 2003-PDF) and AB 1721 (Pavley, Chapter 581, Statutes of 2005-PDF), the EEI Curriculum is the result of a multi-agency education and environmental partnership. Current key partners include the State Board of Education, the Office of the Secretary for Education, the State Department of Education, and the California Natural Resources Agency.

The EEI Early Adopting Districts have embraced these new and engaging materials in their classrooms. Over 14,000 students have experienced the EEI Curriculum in over 100 schools since January. Cal/EPA will create case studies when the school year ends and document the most effective implementation practices. This Guide will help all California school districts implement the landmark, environment- based curriculum.
We are also happy to offer:
• Grade level DVD’s of the EEI Curriculum (provided through the generous support of
Annenberg Learner) for teachers. Call 916-341-6769 to place your request.
• Letters of Support for grant applications that support EEI Curriculum implementation.
An updated EEI Curriculum Catalog is now available on the “Learn More” page at: “EEI Curriculum”